Review of the Kitfort KT-6144-1 electric kettle: diversifies a boring kitchen with a playful look and mustache

Kettle Kitfort KT-6144 is quite simple in terms of characteristics, equipped with a 1.7-liter metal jug mounted on a round plastic base, as well as a removable plastic lid. This model has a cute and delicate design due to reusable (can be removed and pasted again) eye and mustache stickers and several color variations (lavender, as we tested, as well as emerald and red), as well as a built-in temperature probe and an external vintage arrow thermometer.

Characteristics

Manufacturer kitfort
Model KT-6144-1
Type Electric kettle
Country of Origin China
Warranty 1 year
Service life * 2 years
Declared power 1850—2200 W
Housing material stainless steel
Cover material plastic
Declared tank volume 1.7 l
Additionally various color options: lavender, turquoise, red
The weight 1 kg
Dimensions (W×H×D) 156×241×222 mm
Network cable length 0.7 m
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* Contrary to popular misconception, this is not the period after which the device will necessarily break. However, after this period, the manufacturer ceases to bear any responsibility for its performance and has the right to refuse to repair it, even for a fee.

Equipment

The teapot arrived for testing in a small rectangular black cardboard box with purple accents. On it, as usual with Kitfort, the name of the brand, the model of the kettle are indicated in white font, its schematic drawing is shown in white and brief technical information is indicated.

On a purple background in the upper right corner of the box, the company always writes a funny or soulful slogan for the device – this time we saw the phrase “I invite you to tea!”.

Opening the box, inside we found:

  • teapot
  • base with power cord
  • user manual, warranty card and promotional materials

Inside the box, all parts are packed in protective plastic bags, and printed materials are placed in plastic bags with a ziplock.

At first sight

Visually, our kettle gives the impression of a device from the middle price category. It looks stylish, funny and quite reliable. We are testing a device in lavender color (there are also turquoise and red colors in the collection) and this color looks noble, calm and neat.

The water flask has a plastic window with a graduation of 4 marks – 0.6, 1, 1.5, 1.7 liters.

Also, on the side of the container there is a convenient plastic handle, consisting of two parts – lavender and metallic, for which the case can be easily removed from the base by pulling it up. Under the handle is a small metal-colored plastic rectangular button to start and turn off the heating.

On the front, under the stickers with eyes and mustaches, which, by the way, are easily removed and glued again, there is a vintage thermometer with an arrow. On the thermometer scale, we see marks at 0, 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 ° C.

Inside the flask, you can see the inner sides of the plastic window with graduation, the back of the thermometer, which also has a plastic window, and a rather long temperature probe coming out of the thermometer.

We want to note that despite the thoughtfulness and initial tightness, all holes made in the flask may turn out to be leaks in the future.

From above, a good angle to see the metal spout of the teapot. It is quite wide, but neat. Inside the spout on the wall of the kettle is a removable nylon anti-scale filter.

At the bottom of the kettle there are four technical holes, a nameplate with brief technical information about the device. The contact group consists of two concentric yellow metal rings and a central pin.

On the base of the device on top we see a plastic nozzle of the contact group.

Having examined the base from below, we find a nameplate with brief technical information about the device, as well as the place where the power cord exits, the cord itself and the compartment for winding it.

The lid of the teapot and its handle are made of lavender and chromed plastic. The cover is put on and removed without difficulty with slight scrolling and simultaneous pressure / pulling.

Instruction

The 11-page brochure contains all the information you need to operate the kettle. All data in it is divided into sections and presented in great detail and clearly.

After a cursory study of the instructions, we had no questions left regarding what kind of device appeared before us, how to properly operate it and how to care for it.

Control

The kettle is controlled by a single button located in the lower part of the body under the handle of the appliance. When the button is pressed, water heating starts and the blue LED backlight of the button itself turns on.

Pressing the button and snapping it off at the end of the work are accompanied by a soft click.

Exploitation

Before first use, the kettle should be rinsed with cold water and boiled a couple of times.

Remove the lid to add water to the kettle. This is done while turning and lifting the handle up. This process does not cause any difficulties, but the feeling of increased comfort also does not arise.

The water from the kettle pours out easily, at a stable rate. Changing the angle of inclination affects the speed of pouring, so in order not to spill boiling water, it is better not to tilt the kettle too sharply.

The arrow on the teapot thermometer shows reliable information about the temperature inside the flask both during boiling and during cooling.

When turned on without water, the kettle emits a characteristic technical smell and goes into emergency mode (turns off for a short time), during which it does not respond to controls. After cooling down (about five minutes), the device turns on and is ready for use again.

Care

Before cleaning, disconnect the appliance from the mains and allow it to cool completely. The body can be wiped with a damp soft cloth as it gets dirty.

It is recommended to wipe the kettle with a damp and then dry cloth, and as scale builds up, clean it with citric acid, vinegar or a special descaling agent. Abrasive and caustic cleaning agents must not be used.

Our measurements

We used filtered water at 20°C for measurements.

The weight of the teapot is 706 grams, the base is 115 grams.

Useful volume 1700 ml
A full kettle (1.7 l) of water at 20 °C is brought to a boil in 6 minutes 3 seconds
What is the amount of electricity used for? 0.179 kWh
1 liter of water at a temperature of 20 ° C is brought to a boil for 3 minutes 33 seconds
What is the amount of electricity used for? 0.111 kWh
Kettle body temperature 3 minutes after boiling 97.3°C
Maximum power consumption at mains voltage 220 V 1928 W
Idle consumption 0 W
The temperature of the water in the kettle 1 hour after boiling 64.6°C
The temperature of the water in the kettle 2 hours after boiling 49.2°C
The temperature of the water in the kettle 3 hours after boiling 40.9°C
Time of pouring out the full volume of water in a regular way 15 seconds

The maximum energy consumption during the operation of the device was 1928 kWh, the average – 1794 kWh.

The noise level when boiling water reached 62 dBA.

Note that after boiling, the water boils rapidly for a few more (4-6) seconds – the boiling sensor does not work instantly.

findings

In addition to the cute appearance, our test subject turned out to be quite comfortable and practical design. The only obvious disadvantage is the strong heating of the metal case from the outside and the absence of signs warning about this – Kitfort KT-6144 looks so carefree and gentle that the thought of a hot surface does not come to mind at all. Nevertheless, if you take, as expected, by the handle, then the use of the kettle will not be overshadowed in any way. A sufficient volume of the flask, acceptable thermal insulation, a correctly functioning thermometer, accurately applied graduations and a removable lid – all this is enough to recommend the kettle for purchase.

In tests, the kettle showed quite ordinary results both in terms of the speed of heating water and in terms of electricity consumption. The kettle also cools down at a standard speed for such devices. The intricate appearance of the teapot is its hallmark and may be a reason to purchase it as a useful and bright gift.

Pros :

  • cute design
  • removable cover
  • low noise

Cons :

  • strong body heat

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